In 1992, there were 812 arrests for possessing a small amount of marijuana in New York City.
In 2012, there were 39,230.
85% of those arrested were black or Latino even though whites and minorities use marijuana at the same rates.
Here’s a story of a beloved art teacher who was subjected to arrest for having “a marijuana cigarette” they found on the ground on the same block as him. The next day, he was suspended from teaching.
“They took my life. They took what I love to do the most.”
Now, though his case was dropped, he has been banned from ever teaching again at the school he helped to found.